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The Kanto Region (Generation I)

Ash Ketchum begins his Pokémon journey in the Kanto region, with a strong-willed Pikachu by his side. Along the way, he meets the Gym Leaders Misty and Brock, who become his close friends and traveling companions. The nefarious Team Rocket, specifically the Terrible Trio of Jessie, James and Meowth, takes an interest in the group after witnessing Pikachu's power.


    Season One 

Season One: The Indigo League (1997 - 1999)

  1. "Pokémon — I Choose You!"
  2. "Pokémon Emergency!"
  3. "Ash Catches a Pokémon"
  4. "Challenge of the Samurai"
  5. "Showdown in Pewter City"
  6. "Clefairy and the Moon Stone"
  7. "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City"
  8. "The Path to the Pokémon League"
  9. "The School of Hard Knocks"
  10. "Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village"
  11. "Charmander — The Stray Pokémon"
  12. "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad"
  13. "Mystery at the Lighthouse"
  14. "Electric Shock Showdown"
  15. "Battle Aboard the St. Anne"
  16. "Pokémon Shipwreck"
  17. "Island of the Giant Pokémon"
  18. "Beauty and the Beach"
  19. "Tentacool & Tentacruel"
  20. "Ghost of Maiden's Peak"
  21. "Bye Bye Butterfree"
  22. "Abra and the Psychic Showdown"
  23. "The Tower of Terror"
  24. "Haunter versus Kadabra"
  25. "Primeape Goes Bananas"
  26. "Pokémon Scent-sation!"
  27. "Hypno's Naptime"
  28. "Pokémon Fashion Flash"
  29. "The Punchy Pokémon"
  30. "Sparks Fly for Magnemite"
  31. "Dig Those Diglett!"
  32. "The Ninja Poké-Showdown"
  33. "The Flame Pokémon-athon!"
  34. "The Kangaskhan Kid"
  35. "The Legend of Dratini" (unaired outside of Japan)
  36. "The Bridge Bike Gang"
  37. "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion"
  38. "Electric Soldier Porygon" (unaired outside of Japan)

Episode 38, "Electric Soldier Porygon", was responsible for a large number of seizures during its first airing in Japan. As a result, the remainder of the season was postponed in order to re-animate the later episodes to avoid a repeat incident. Scheduling conflicts forced the intended episodes 39/40 to be broadcast out of order. Due to this, they are considered to be unnumbered.

Episode 39, "Pikachu's Goodbye", was not part of the intended run, but was created specifically to be the first post-hiatus episode.

  1. "Pikachu's Goodbye"
  2. "The Battling Eevee Brothers"
  3. "Wake Up Snorlax!"
  4. "Showdown at Dark City"
  5. "The March of the Exeggutor Squad"
  6. "The Problem with Paras"
  7. "The Song of Jigglypuff"
  8. "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon"
  9. "A Chansey Operation!"
  10. "Holy Matrimony!"
  11. "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd"
  12. "Who Gets to Keep Togepi?"
  13. "Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden"
  14. "Princess vs. Princess"
  15. "The Purr-fect Hero"
  16. "The Case of the K-9 Caper!"
  17. "Pokémon Paparazzi"
  18. "The Ultimate Test"
  19. "The Breeding Center Secret"
  20. "Riddle Me This"
  21. "Volcanic Panic"
  22. "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise"
  23. "The Misty Mermaid"
  24. "Clefairy Tales"
  25. "The Battle of the Badge"
  26. "It's Mr. Mime Time"
  27. "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral"
  28. "The Evolution Solution"
  29. "The Pi-Kahuna"
  30. "Make Room for Gloom"
  31. "Lights, Camera, Quack-tion!"
  32. "Go West Young Meowth"
  33. "To Master the Onixpected!"
  34. "The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis"
  35. "Bad to the Bone"
  36. "All Fired Up!"
  37. "Round One - Begin!"
  38. "Fire and Ice"
  39. "The Fourth Round Rumble"
  40. "A Friend In Deed"
  41. "Friend and Foe Alike"
  42. "Friends to the End"

The Orange Islands

Following Ash's participation in the Indigo League, he and his friends are tasked by Professor Oak to travel to the Orange Islands to retrieve a mysterious Poké Ball from the region's professor. Brock leaves the group to stay with the beautiful Professor Ivy, and Ash and Misty are joined by a Pokémon Watcher named Tracey.

    Season Two 

The Johto Region (Generation II)

Ash and Misty reunite with Brock, while Tracey decides to stay behind with Professor Oak. This time, the group go to Johto, home to many Pokémon that cannot be found in Kanto.

After the Johto league's conclusion, Misty is called back home by her sisters to take over as Cerulean Gym leader, while Brock likewise learns he has business to attend to in Pewter City. Saddened by the departure of his friends but still determined to see his dream of becoming a Pokémon master through, Ash heads to the Hoenn region with Pikachu.

    Season Three 
    Season Four 
    Season Five 

Season Five: Master Quest (2001 - 2002)

  1. "Around the Whirlpool"
  2. "Fly Me to the Moon"
  3. "Takin' It on the Chinchou"
  4. "A Corsola Caper!"
  5. "Mantine Overboard!"
  6. "Octillery The Outcast"
  7. "Dueling Heroes"
  8. "The Perfect Match!"
  9. "Plant It Now... Diglett Later"
  10. "Hi Ho Silver... Away!"
  11. "The Mystery is History"
  12. "A Parent Trapped!"
  13. "A Promise is a Promise"
  14. "Throwing in the Noctowl"
  15. "Nerves of Steelix!"
  16. "Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!"
  17. "Espeon, Not Included"
  18. "For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!"
  19. "Extreme Pokémon!"
  20. "An EGG-sighting Adventure!"
  21. "Hatching a Plan"
  22. "Dues and Don'ts"
  23. "Just Waiting On a Friend"
  24. "A Tyrogue Full of Trouble"
  25. "Xatu the Future"
  26. "Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution"
  27. "Rage Of Innocence"
  28. "As Cold as Pryce"
  29. "Nice Pryce, Baby!"
  30. "Whichever Way the Wind Blows"
  31. "Some Like it Hot"
  32. "Hocus Pokémon"
  33. "As Clear as Crystal"
  34. "Same Old Song and Dance"
  35. "Enlighten Up!"
  36. "Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?"
  37. "Wish Upon a Star Shape"
  38. "Outrageous Fortunes"
  39. "One Trick Phony!"
  40. "I Politoed Ya So!"
  41. "The Ice Cave!" (unaired outside of Japan)
  42. "Beauty is Skin Deep"
  43. "Fangs for Nothin'"
  44. "Great Bowls of Fire!"
  45. "Better Eight Than Never"
  46. "Why? Wynaut!"
  47. "Just Add Water"
  48. "Lapras of Luxury"
  49. "Hatch Me If You Can"
  50. "Entei at Your Own Risk"
  51. "A Crowning Achievement"
  52. "Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid"
  53. "You're a Star, Larvitar!"
  54. "Address Unown!"
  55. "Mother of All Battles"
  56. "Pop Goes the Sneasel"
  57. "A Claim to Flame!"
  58. "Love, Pokémon Style"
  59. "Tie One On!"
  60. "The Ties That Bind"
  61. "Can't Beat the Heat!"
  62. "Playing with Fire!"
  63. "Johto Photo Finish"
  64. "Gotta Catch Ya Later!"
  65. "Hoenn Alone!"

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